Speakers

Alexander Sysoev
Head of Telecom Core & Cloud Northern & Central Europe - Ericsson Austria GmbH
Alexander Sysoev has 10+ years of rich international experience in the area of IT and telecommunications. He works at Ericsson and as a head of the unit leads the team of presales and delivery experts for core and cloud field. Alexander has been personally involved in many different projects as a business advisor, team leader and solution owner supporting telecom operators in their digital transformation journey.
Jim Kosem
Designer and Consultant - MyLens
Jim is a digital service and product designer with almost 20 years of experience and has been researching, designing, prototyping and iterating on products and services for everyone from Intel and Samsung to the British Government Digital Services. Through advising a p2p identity management startup, he has become involved with Web3 design community and heavily interested in decentralisation and making the web what it was originally intended to be, a tool to empower and liberate.
Urška Starc-Peceny, PhD
Chief Innovation Officer, Lead of Tourism 4.0 Department - Actur Ltd
Urska Starc Peceny is leading the Tourism 4.0 department and R&D group at Arctur, the initiator of Tourism 4.0. She is an expert in collaboration design and lecturer with 20+ years of experience in co-creation of smart city ecosystems focusing on the dynamics between human, technology and society.
Janko Pavlović
CEO - Digital worx Serbia
Entrepreneur, engineer and inventor. Janko was born 1991st in Republic of Serbia. He was studing bachelor studies at the faculty of Electrical engineering (power engineering) in Belgrade, and graduated with an invention. It was a smart stove, saving aroung 50% of energy during the boilling process. Afterwards he was enrolled in master studies at the same faculty with the major ''Smart city'' which he succesfully finished with a new inovation so-called ''E-Lungs''. ''E-Lungs'' is a completely new type of hybrid vehicle. It's an electrical hybrid without batteries, first time in the hystory. Both inventions were succesfully competing and presenting on many world conferences and competitions. Right now Janko is an entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Serbian start-up ''digital worx''. Digital worx is focused on indistrial IoT and industry 4.0 at the global market, esspacially in domain of mobile and web Apps. Next to it, he initiated The Things Network community in Belgrade, as a part of non-profit global organisation oriented toward LoRaWAN technology and it's application in smart city domain.
Günter Obiltschnig
Founder & Chief Technologist - Applied Informatics GmbH
Günter Obiltschnig is an IoT Technologist and the founder of macchina.io, an IoT device software and edge computing framework. He is a software engineer with more than 25 years of industry experience, with the last 12 years of it in IoT and connected devices. Günter earned his engineer's degree (M.Sc. equivalent) in Computer Science from the University of Linz, Austria, in 1998. He co-founded his first company shortly after completing his degree. In 2004 he started the POCO C++ Libraries open source project, which has found widespread use in the industry. In 2013, Günter started the macchina.io open source project. Günter earned his engineer's degree (M.Sc. equivalent) in Computer Science from the University of Linz, Austria, in 1998. Shortly after completing his degree, he co-founded his first company. In 2004 he created the POCO C++ Libraries, which are widely used in the industry, from connected devices to enterprise applications. His current main interests are edge computing and distributed multi-agent systems in IoT.
Matjaž Savnik
Account Manager - Ericsson d.o.o.
Matjaž Savnik studied electrical egineering at University of Ljubljana ad finished his BSc in 1989. He got his masters degree at Faculty of Economics in 1998. He has experience from various ICT domains, software and hardware, from technical, sales and organisational perspectives. Currently he works as an accounf manager at Ericsson Slovenia.
Klemen Peternel
CEO - Kalmia d.o.o.
Klemen earned his PhD at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana where he worked as a research assistant. He is passionate about delivering great digital products. From 2010 he co-founded multiple tech startups. One of them was acquired by Iskratel - the leading European vendor and provider of infocommunications solutions. Today he is a co-founder and CEO of software development studio Kalmia LTD. Kalmia provides technical consulting and software development services in the fields of telecommunications, business process automation and blockchain.
Saša Kojić
Director, Global Product Portfolio Management - Danfoss
Sasa Kojic is a Mechanical Engineer who works in Danfoss and has in total around 20 years of experience in Heating Industry. During his career he held various positions in product management, market development and project office innovation management. Sasa is a member of Engineering Chamber of Slovenia, has written several articles about control performance and strategies in the Heating application. He has been mentor to many young professionals and talents and was appointed as a coach in Danfoss internal business case competition in entrepreneurship. Currently he holds position as a Director, being responsible for Global Product Portfolio in Danfoss District Energy. His passion is Open innovation collaboration and District Energy 4.0.
Lana Balić Matijašević
CEO - Careesma.co
Lana is the CEO of Careesma.co, an IBM business partner. She specialized in solving bottlenecks in business administration process trough analytics and augmented intelligence which enhance and scale human expertise using virtual assistant chatbots. Lana graduated from Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZŠEM) and currently attends MBA. At ZŠEM she was the head of the Career Centre, where she developed a process with 92% of student employment success. She gained additional experience in HEC Paris and John Carroll University (JCU), Cleveland, USA. When she was 26, she started working at a famous VW retailer in Croatia, where she spent several years and developed a software for human resource involved with with 800+ employees. She specialized in finding ROI (return on investment) of people performance from financial and human resource data analytics. Since 2012 she has successfully introduced technological transformation and operational processes in several Croatian and cooperated with several international companies in tourism, ecommerce and fintech industries. She gained local and international experience with global companies like InfosecGlobal, working with leading cyber security specialists. Lana continued to carry out her five-year transformation plan that calls for the market average of consumers movement increased toward chatbots by 25% yearly.
Jeffrey Katz
Founder - JK Ventures & Consulting UG
From early on Jeff has always been interested in electronics and computers. When he "grew up", Jeff became a serial entrepreneur, founding companies in a wide variety of industries, including security, finance, and IT. With his background in engineering, computer science, and business, Jeff is at once a forward-thinking technologist and a practical engineer.
Aljoša Hecl
Business Development Manager - Iskra d.o.o.
Dynamic Business Development Manager with strong FMCG background, applying his commercial and marketing experience in conquering new territories, industries and sales channels. He gets inspired by hunting the upcoming technological business opportunities to address them with strong Iskra’s R&D capabilities at the first mover price premium.
Andrej Volčjak
PQMS Product Manager - Iskra d.o.o.
Experienced Product Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Strong quality assurance professional skilled in Embedded Software, C++, Agile Methodologies, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Software Design.
Nataša Pirc Musar
Odvetniška družba Pirc Musar & Lemut Strle
After graduating from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1992, she passed the national bar examination in 1997. From 1989 until 1996 she was employed at the Slovenian national television station as a journalist and news presenter for the main news programme. From 1996 she worked for five years as a news presenter on “24 ur”, the primary information programme of the largest commercial television broadcaster in Slovenia, POP TV. In 2003 she became the Director of the Training and Communications Centre of the Supreme Court. From 2004 until 2014 Nataša has held the office of Information Commissioner. In 2009, Nataša Pirc Musar was elected Vice President of the Europol Joint Supervisory Body, and in 2013 President of the JSB Europol. In 2013 she was a member of the Ad hoc EU USA group of experts with the mandate to discuss the “Snowden” affair with USA. Nataša has her own law firm since Janury 1, 2015. In November 2015 she successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis at Vienna University titled How to strike the right balance between access to public information and personal data protection – using a public interest test.
Anushka Driessen
Partner Innovation Ventures, Partner IT infra web academy
Independent CFO Tech-Transformation-Entrepreneur - Trainer IT infra web academy Hands-on senior IT finance professional known for adding value, effective communications, strategic planning, transformation program control and execution certainty, looking for growth, building bridges and strong tramwork. Orchestrating business model change with technology model changes. Leadership with focus on stregthening teams with a positive drive and energy and inspire the team to take up the challenge ahead.
Dr. Daniel Wakounig
CSO, Member of the Executive Board Alturos Destinations AG
After my PHD in technical science I moved into the private sector. As VP E- Commerce, I was responsible for realizing Maxxo, at its time Switzerland’s best performing ski ticket webshop for Ticketcorner. In several years at Skidata AG – the leading ski, parking and leisure access control vendor - I was Head of Product Management realizing the new online product family. Since 2012 until 2017 I was CEO of Skiline, which become the leading supplier of entertainment infrastructure for touristic mountain regions and hosting the world largest skiing community with 3.5 Mio members and serving 350+ ski resorts. Today I am CSO and member of the board at Alturos Destinations AG, the leading digitalization partner of mountain resorts and regions.
Marco Villa
Pre-Sales Solution Engineer
Marco Villa is pre sales solution engineer. He formerly spent 15 years attaining experience in supply, integration, support and professional services in telecommunications and information technology sector in Europe and abroad.
Felix Denner
The Weather Company, an IBM Business
Felix Denner is a seasoned Sales and Business Development Executive with 18 years of international experience in Digital Media Technology, Industry 4.0 and Weather Solutions. Felix joined The Weather Company, an IBM Business, in 2017 after its acquisition by IBM to support and implement sales and business development activities in DACH and CEE. Today he is Watson Media & Weather Business Unit Leader DACH and Head of Sales CEE forThe Weather Company.
Jure Lampe
CEO, SenLab
Jure is an IoT / eHealth / Industry 4.0 expert, the founder and CEO of SenLab. Jure has been responsible for the development of new business opportunities and he has founded many IT companies since 1992. He has been involved in different projects as an IT developer, project and team leader, partner and consultant. He lead a team which won “Best IoT smartphone solution on Mobile World Congress Barcelona (www.iotool.io)”, “Best smart home solution”, “Bluetooth.org application of the month” and other international awards in last few years. This solution is a part of several EU funded Digital Health and IoT projects.
Thomas Fickert
Founder & CEO/DEXPERIO, Chapter President VR/AR Association Munich
Thomas is Founder & CEO of DEXPERIO, a Munich-based company providing services, solutions and platforms for smart digital experiences based on immersive media and AR/MR/VR technologies. He is a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the areas of IT, interactive media, online, mobile and immersive computing. Thomas successfully founded six companies including one of the first German online agencies and worked also 10 years for Microsoft Germany where he held various management positions including the role of the Digital Marketing Director. Thomas has a degree in computer science and holds an MBA in innovation and business creation from the TUM School of Management. He is an international keynote speaker, academic lecturer and an active member/organizer of various industry and community organizations and helds the position of the Chapter president of the VR/AR Association in Munich.
Peter Geršak
Chief Technology Officer, IBM
Peter Gersak offers more than 20 years of accomplishment led experience in IT, IT Architecture, managing teams and business development, driving achievement of the highest priority growth, solutions creation & deployments, clients’ satisfaction, participative leadership, and operations efficiency. As Chief Technology Officer for South East Europe, Peter is leading the efforts of creating and bringing innovative solutions in South East Europe market thru fostering the collaboration with ecosystem of clients, business partners, startups, academia, and different units of IBM including IBM Research. With this approach Peter’s main role is to create new growth opportunities for strategic solutions areas like artificial intelligence, IoT, cloud, analytics, security and digital transformation & Industrie 4.0 in order to bring value for South East Europe ecosystem. Peter is certified Enterprise Design Thinking Coach.
Katarina Gašperlin
CEE DS CoE Data Scientist, IBM
Katarina Gašperlin is a data scientist in IBM Data Science Center of Excellence for Central and Eastrrn Europe where she is working with clients and business partners to adopt artificial intelligence into the organizations processes. Prior to this role she was working as Analytics Architect where she developed end-to-end analytical architecture for the clients as well as in many regional data science oriented roles. She studied telecommunications at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana.
Matej Meža
CEO, Mega M Ltd.
MSc. Matej Meža graduated from Faculty of Electrotechnical Engineering in 2000 and achieved his masters degree in 2009. During his studies, he received several awards for exceptional academic achievements. In 2002 the company Mega M was founded, together with his brother Miran Meža. Mega M specializes in providing and maintaining cutting-edge information technology and telecommunications solutions. Mega M is the operator of IP and mobile telephony, IPTV, provider of Internet services and of advanced cloud computing solutions with its own datacenter. Since 2004 he has been appointed lecturer at Higher Vocational College where he lectures Contemporary Telecommunications and Communication Technologies.
Sandi Horvat
Engagement Manager, Comtrade
Bio (max. 750 chars) Experienced Engagement Manager with a long demonstrated history, Head of Industry incubation Lab. Over 20 years of working in the information technology and services industry in the fields from embedded, cloud/on-premise, custom apps to data analytics solutions covering diverse industry domains. Having a strong passion to #learn, #creativity, #innovation, enhancing #value, building #teams and #people, cherish #life and #respect, #positive energy... growing! Skilled in Requirements Analysis, Agile Methodologies, Team Management, IT Service Management, Software Design, Solution architect. Strong program and project management professional with a Engineering degree in Computer Science. Having passion for multiple hobbies: #photography #musical-instruments #3d-printing #FPVdrones #robotics #running #hiking #animals...
Andrej Kranjčević
Head of R&D Projects, Telekom Slovenije
Andrej Kranjčević graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana. In 2009 he joined Mobitel d.d. Today, he is Head of Research and Development Projects in Tehcnology Development at Telekom Slovenije d.d.
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